Under Suspicion: Muslims in America

A decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, The Washington Post examines the struggle by Muslims to reconcile their American identity with their faith.


Voices about Muslims in America

In dozens of video interviews, Americans of all religious backgrounds candidly talk about the roots of suspicion, misunderstandings about Islam and confronting their own fears.

In an era of increased suspicion of Muslim-Americans, four comedians take their show on the road through the South to dispel rumors. (Grace Koerber, Alexandra Garcia, Ben de la Cruz / The Washington Post)

Laughs for Islam

In a full-frontal attack on Islamophobia, a group of Muslim comedians hit Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to combat stereotypes.

A son’s conversion to Islam divides his family

A son’s conversion to Islam divides his family

Islam has long held a special place among African Americans — but when a Christian preacher’s son adopted it, his relatives struggled.

The public face of an embattled mosque

The public face of an embattled mosque

Almost no other mosque in the country has been linked to as many cases of alleged terrorism as Dar Al-Hijrah in Northern Virginia.

Obama’s outreach toward Muslims is limited at home

Obama’s outreach toward Muslims is limited at home

President Obama’s tepid efforts to reverse the public’s negative impressions of its Muslim citizens in post-9/11 America have largely failed, disappointing Muslim American leaders.

A dilemma for law enforcement

A dilemma for law enforcement

A prosecutor proud of his dialogue with Muslims is also pursuing a controversial terrorism case.

Local U.S. Islamic leader struggles to put raids behind him

Local U.S. Islamic leader struggles to put raids behind him

Nearly a decade ago, federal agents looking for evidence of terrorism financing swarmed Iqbal Unus’s home and office in Northern Virginia. He was never charged with anything, but also never cleared.

U.S. Muslims search for identity

U.S. Muslims search for identity

The more Muslims feel singled out, the more they focus on their own divisions.


Muslims in America: Have you felt under suspicion?

Continuing our series of stories on Muslims in America, we turn our attention to the sometimes tense relationship between law enforcement and Muslims. Readers respond with their thoughts on whether they have been the object of suspicion because of their faith.

Iconic spy James Bond turns 50

“Dr. No” premiered 50 years ago and 007 has intrigued us ever since. We take a look at seven Bond icons.

On radicalization

Four Muslim women share their thoughts on radicalization. What do you think?

A one-man fight

Live chat with Abdirizak Bihi, director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center.

Readers respond

Muslim readers give their thoughts on radicalization and how they talk to their children.

Living Islam

Readers are invited to share their stories and experiences of Islam in America.

Live chat: Muslims and ‘the American way’

Live chat with Ibrahim Moiz, a Muslim lawyer in Fairfax County.


For Muslim Americans, a search for identity

A look at area Muslim families and their daily lives.

Prosecuting terror suspects, post-9/11

In Boston, one assistant U.S. attorney works to gain the trust of Muslim.

Ramadan around the world

Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Muslims gather to pray on Eid al-Adha at the Omar al Farouk mosque on November 16, 2010, in Anaheim, CA.  There is growing tension between the Muslim community of southern California and the FBI after an informant, Craig Monteilh, infiltrated local mosques - including this mosque - to gather information only a month after local FBI leaders told the leaders of the Muslim community that the FBI would do no such thing.  Now, Monteilh is suing the FBI over their treatment of him and he's telling details of his operation. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Glossary of Islamic terms

A brief glossary of some of the most commonly used words and phrases in Islamic religion and culture.

Timeline: History of Muslims in America

From the construction of the first American mosques in the early 1900’s to the election of the first U.S. Congressmen, Muslims have had a long history in the United States.

Latest headlines

U.S. Muslims see Obama as ‘friendly’; GOP unfriendly

U.S. Muslims see Obama as ‘friendly’; GOP unfriendly

More than three-quarters of U.S. Muslims approve of President Obama’s job performance and 64 percent say he is “friendly” toward Muslim Americans, according to a rare study of public opinion among one of the nation’s smallest but most high-profile religious groups.


Head Scarf Chronicles

Smar Abuagla, 13, describes what it is like to wear a head scarf to school.

5 Myths series

Five myths about Muslims in America

Five myths about Muslims in America

From slavery to sharia.

Five myths about the Muslim Brotherhood

How great is the Islamist group’s influence?

Five myths about bin Laden

Five myths about bin Laden

The mystique surrounding the terrorist leader isn’t dead.